Return of Tuition Assistance

Information on Returning Tuition Assistance

If you are using TA to pay for your education and withdraw from a class prior to completing 60 percent of the class, the Department of Defense (DoD) requires that Wayland Baptist University (WBU) return any unearned TA funds to the department based on how much of the course you completed. You may owe a portion of your tuition to WBU and a portion to your military branch.

If you withdraw from a course, the amount of unearned TA funds is calculated from the date you withdrew. Your earned TA is determined based on the following formula: The percent of TA earned equals the number of calendar days completed up to the withdrawal date divided by the total calendar days in the course. The percent unearned is equal to 100 percent minus the percent earned.  Unearned TA will be returned to the DoD.

If you withdrew due to a military service obligation, we will work with you to ensure you are not responsible for the WBU portion of the returned funds. For more information, contact your academic advisor at your local campus or the  Business Office at 806-291-3445.        

FAQs on Return of Tuition Assistance for Servicemembers:

What is return of Tuition Assistance, and how does it impact me as a military servicemember?

In accordance with regulations issued by the Department of Defense, return of Tuition Assistance is a calculation WBU is required to perform to determine eligibility when a servicemember withdraws from a course. If a servicemember withdraws from a course and he or she did not complete more than 60 percent of the course, he or she may not be eligible for the total amount initially awarded through the TA. In cases where some or all of the Tuition Assistance must be returned to the DoD, the servicemember will be responsible for all balances on his or her WBU student account.

Will I owe both WBU and my military branch for the same class if I withdraw?

Yes, you may owe both WBU and your military branch but only up to a maximum of 100 percent of the total tuition cost. WBU will work with your military branch to return unearned tuition assistance funds.

How will my student account be affected if I was TDY or deployed and couldn’t complete my courses?

For servicemembers who were sent TDY or deployed, WBU will work with you to identify a solution that does not negatively impact your student account with WBU.